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#1 TurkishDiver


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Posted 16 August 2004 - 07:22 PM

This strange fish was seen on a trip to Vietnam a couple of years back. I can't find anything like it in "Reef Fishes, Corals And Invertebrates Of The South China Sea".

The Dive Guides on the boat could not offer any suggestions so I wonder if any knowledgeable people here could. I attach two photos, one facing it and one side view.

The fish appeared to walk on the seabed.


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Posted 16 August 2004 - 07:31 PM

Spiny Devilfish Inimicus didactylus i think. Try Robert Myers Micronesia Fish Book, it has this fish in it, i don't have a copy handy.

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Posted 16 August 2004 - 11:48 PM

I agree its a spiny devil fish, also known as a) devil fish and B) Indian Reef Walker for some reason.


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Posted 17 August 2004 - 12:35 AM

That's Inimicus didactylus for sure




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Posted 17 August 2004 - 03:47 AM

Thanks guys, an internet search on Spiny Devilfish, Inimicus didactylus brought up some pictures to confirm it. Whitehead, Reef Walker seems a very good description - it did appear to walk around.

I have one other fish from that trip I would like to positively identify [all my other diving has been Eastern Meditereannean, but off to Thailand for a month in a few days], I will put it in a new thread.